Bucket Wash Down Procedure
There are some common misperceptions when dealing with wash down procedures in our industry. One being that it is ok to wash down on a roadway near an intake and let the slurry run free. Another common misconception is that we have every right to wash down in any manner we choose, as long as the aggregate is contained. This procedure is in place to inform the drivers of Norwalk Ready Mix the correct way to wash down in a bucket, the legality involved with washing down near intakes, and what to avoid in order to prevent poor assumptions by the general public. This procedure is to also serve as an explanation of current laws in place to make drivers aware of the severity involved with washing down in an illegal manner.
Legal Aspects of Washing Down
The fact is that the aforementioned misconceptions we have are indeed wrong. It is considered to be illegal to let any aggregate or grey water run into an intake. The label given to this practice is “Illegal Dumping” and it carries a hefty $750 fine. This fine only covers illegal dumping. It does not cover any additional costs such as cleanup fees, inspection fees, etc that can add up to thousands of dollars. The policy of Norwalk Ready Mix is, and has always been, not to pay for tickets or fines issued to our drivers for breaking the law. Just as drivers are required to pay their own speeding tickets, they will also be required to pay any illegal dumping fines. It is important to note again that the purpose of this procedure is to inform our drivers of the correct way to wash down and to avoid getting fined for doing it illegally.
When washing down it is always best to wash down onsite if at all possible. If the contractor instructs you to wash down in the street then use of a bucket is required. It is important that drivers have a bucket with them at all times in case the need ever arises. Talk to your dispatcher if you don’t have a bucket or if you need to replace a broken bucket. If you do have to get in the street and wash down in a bucket get as far away from an intake as possible. Wash your chutes down into the bucket but do not let the bucket overflow. This may mean that you have to take the bucket up the ladder and dump it into your bowl numerous times. It is imperative that you do not let the grey water flow into the street. This rule applies to all wash down procedures. For instance, if you are washing down on the ground over the curb you must keep the slurry from flowing over into the street. Also, keep the washing of the outside of the truck to a minimum. The purpose of this is to keep the pavement as dry as possible in order to avoid any misconceptions from the general public. If there is a lot of clean water running down the street it will be assumed that the grey water did the same. You are responsible for your actions when washing down your mixer.